School violence: Aggression becoming a norm

School violence has once again reared its ugly head, this time outside Edenglen High in Ekurhuleni. Pupils brawled allegedly over a R25 debt. But who's to blame for the widespread violence at schools? eNCA's Nkosazana Dambuza reports. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - School violence has once again reared its ugly head, this time outside Edenglen High in Ekurhuleni.

Pupils brawled allegedly over a R25 debt.

But with most incidents occurring outside school premises, who should take responsibility?

One clinical psychologist says it’s not just parents.

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"Children learn behaviours from somewhere," said Bradley Daniels.

"Where exactly that lies, I would be hesitant to always say that falls at the feet of a particular parenting style or parents only.

"But I certainly would say that both parents and the broader community and society which includes the education department.

"This is not a one-sided intervention.”

The Gauteng Education Department says expelling perpetrators of violence is not the answer.

“We still advocate not for transferring a problem from one school to another," said department spokesperson Steve Mabona.

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"By that I’m saying if a child is being expelled at one school we need to take a mechanism that will be assisting the child to repent from their behaviour before we then place them in another school.”

Parents are urged to discipline children so that they behave everywhere, not least at school.

* eNCA's Nkosazana Dambuza reports.

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